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Life imitates art, in very bad way

Posted 22-Aug-2012 at 02:48 PM (14:48) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 22-Aug-2012 at 02:59 PM (14:59) by Gurdur

With thanks to @robcrilly for his alert, and with thanks to @Revsimmy for giving me the title for this: there is a news report in the British Daily Telegraph today about how an amateur would-be restorer managed to totally ruin an artwork. It reminds me of the scenes in "Bean: The Movie", where Mr.Bean (played by Rowan Atkinson) accidentally deletes the face in the famous American painting usually known as "Whistler's Mother", then tries restoring it, with hideous results. You can find the report in the Telegraph of the disasterous restoration-gone-wrong here,...
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FOX News & Daily Mail stuff up again on just where Egypt is

Posted 03-Feb-2012 at 06:27 PM (18:27) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 03-Feb-2012 at 06:45 PM (18:45) by Gurdur

There's a news story from the British Daily Mail today, on Iran, Israel and the risk of war in the Middle East, that uncritically also embeds and uses an infographic from FOX News. You can find the whole news report page here; I've saved a copy in case they change it. Only problem is, is that the FOX infographic shows Egypt as being ... well, where Iraq normally is. A screenshot capture I made is shown below. This isn't the first time by far that FOX News have stuffed up on the location of Middle...
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It's science, Jim, but not as we know it...

Posted 10-Jan-2012 at 03:14 PM (15:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Here linked is an uproariously funny piece on a very different kind of talk given at a science conference. The piece is by Laurence Klotz, an eyewitness to the events under description.

Here it is.

With h/t to @D_Aldridge and @kzelnio.


        


              

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Exaggerated but funny: kids "destroy" house with one bag of flour. Some facts about it all

Posted 21-Nov-2011 at 04:42 PM (16:42) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

OK, this is exaggerated but funny. The video below shows what two 5-year-old children can do with one bag of flour in a house. The titling of the video is exaggerated; the flour is dry, and should be easily vacuumable away, leaving behind no permanent damage at all.

More funny is that theoretically you could destroy a house with a bag of flour. Flour and wheat chaff can be quite explosive; if I remember rightly, which I probably don't, if you get extremely fine wheat chaff and/or...
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Frito-Lay Doritos tortilla-chip maven cashes in his chips, gets buried in them too

Posted 26-Sep-2011 at 05:45 PM (17:45) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

In Dallas, Texas, Arch West, "a retired Frito-Lay marketing executive credited with creating Doritos as the first national tortilla chip brand", cashed in his chips and will be buried in them.

He died aged 97, and his family plan on "tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn" at the graveside funeral service.



        


              

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Anti-skepticism

Posted 22-Jul-2011 at 02:43 AM (02:43) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 22-Jul-2011 at 03:28 AM (03:28) by Gurdur

Having a bit of ah, ah, ah, ah, an argybargy with @Doubting_Tom on Twitter tonight. Doubting_Tom doesn't seem to see some people (like me) don't fall into either Team Watson or Team Dawkins in #ElevatorGate, and is mystified by my criticisms of certain antics as being typical of the quintessential inconsequential middle-class mindset.

Never mind the bollocks; here's to the Flame Pistols! @Doubting_Tom has informed me that (quoted in full; it's in relation to Rebecca Watson, #ElevatorGate...
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Mr.Deity makes some jokes about #ElevatorGate

Posted 13-Jul-2011 at 07:09 PM (19:09) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Mr.Deity is a comedy show in the USA focusing on satirising simplistic interpretations of the Bible for the most part, and is quite funny. That show has now a sketch joking about the #ElevatorGate paroxysm gripping the atheist and skeptic blogospheres at the time being. it's hilarious, especially if you get all the in-jokes. If you don't know the situation, please read my previous blog post first before watching the video below. If you don't know the show, the first half is the regular part, with...
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Proof-readers needed very badly in job-market - typos ruin ad

Posted 27-May-2011 at 01:30 PM (13:30) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

With a h/t to @jules_shaw for the alert, comes one massive typo and another small one from an employment-middleman site, contractjobs.com.

It reads (see the original link -- they've even managed to get the typo into their URL, which definitely is incompetent, and no German's fault):

Quote:
German Poof Reader
Recruiter: Kerr Recruitment
Posted: 26 May 2011
Location: Greater London
Sector: Media
Salary: 8 GBP Annual

Apply now
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Marauding gangs of Japan! Cat photos, plus bento

Posted 16-Mar-2011 at 10:28 PM (22:28) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 18-Mar-2011 at 06:27 PM (18:27) by Gurdur

This below has been doing the rounds of Japanese Twitter circles after the earthquake there, and it was translated by Makiko Itoh (who is now a professional blogger, and author of the cookbook "The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go", USA edition, British edition, so if you like bento, get it). I'm duplicating this here, but please do see her blogs and her original post showing the photos and captions garnered from Twitter. She makes the note that part of the full text accompanying the...
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Just too good - FOX news fooled by Pakistani version of Onion spoof news

Posted 14-Mar-2011 at 01:50 AM (01:50) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 14-Mar-2011 at 02:17 AM (02:17) by Gurdur

This is all too good. A note of merriment in these sad days. FOX News (USA) has been comprehensively pwned by the Pakistani version of something like the satirical Onion spoof-news site. Here is the FOX news story (and I've included a screen-capture picture below in case FOX pulls it later): "Pakistan: Islamic Clerics Protest Women Wearing Padded Bras as 'Devil’s Cushions' ".

FOX of course basically nicked the story straight from this (the original spoof, by @JBXN, a Pakistani of...
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When engineers go evil: cat yodelling, advanced techniques

Posted 05-Mar-2011 at 05:47 PM (17:47) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

After all the bad news this week, I feel the need to do a couple of blog posts on very non-serious subjects. Don't worry, I will get to do my promised blog posts tomorrow, but for now:

Advanced cat-yodelling techniques, when engineers go evil and over to the Dark Side, courtesy of @GrrlScientist, video below; and a bit separately, a very, very funny spoof article from the Onion: "Stephen Jay Gould Speaks Out Against Science Paparazzi".

Now to the cat-yodelling:...
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One for all the clergypeople out there

Posted 04-Mar-2011 at 05:07 AM (05:07) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

And I always thought of Presbyterians as humourless. From @PaulaConnell:






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How five Jews changed the way we see the world

Posted 22-Feb-2011 at 12:32 PM (12:32) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
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Courtesy of @lisang and @issaeb, both in Israel, comes this Jewish joke:


How five Jews changed the way we see the world:

Moses: "The Law is everything"

Jesus: "Love is everything"

Marx: "Money is everything"

Freud: "Sex is everything"

Einstein: "Everything is relative"

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A link to the original




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The English really, really have problems

Posted 11-Feb-2011 at 03:53 PM (15:53) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
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The latest offer of no doubt true British (actually English) values (as trumpeted by David Cameron, though perhaps not meaning this specific instance), is this.

Bring back Oliver Cromwell, is what I would say.
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Some special Christmas cheer for all you clergy-people out there, from an atheist

Posted 23-Dec-2010 at 03:26 PM (15:26) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 23-Dec-2010 at 04:16 PM (16:16) by Gurdur

Hiya, all you clergy bloggers, I know sometimes it must feel decidedly ... tense to have some awkward, critical atheist like me constantly peering over your shoulder at your blog posts, and being all ... critical at times, so (with thanks and H/T to @RachelHovenden1) here's some special Christmas cheer for you from the skeptical atheist me!

And by the way, you should also read "The Hogfather" (USA edition, British edition) by Terry Pratchett.


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Funny ironies 2: Atheism versus skepticism, part 3: Russell Blackford fretfully wibbles about the humanities

Posted 26-Nov-2010 at 06:07 PM (18:07) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 26-Nov-2010 at 06:16 PM (18:16) by Gurdur

This is simply too good and too ridiculous not to give it a whole blog post all of its own. Russell Blackford committed a hilarious howler, in the midst of trying to construct an argument to the effect that naughty Jeff Wagg, in Wagg's criticisms of the conflation between atheism and skepticism, is actually dissing the humanities. All terribly exaggerated on Russell Blackford's part, but hey. That can wait, and if you're wondering what the context is all about, please see my blog post here and then...
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Funny ironies 1: Church of England stuffs up a million marriages through invalid weddings

Posted 25-Nov-2010 at 12:42 PM (12:42) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 25-Nov-2010 at 12:58 PM (12:58) by Gurdur

Far from it for me to cite from the Daily Fail, but in this case it's just too good; "A million marriages are 'invalid' because of Church of England blunder". What's happened is that because of a legal mix-up and oversight, marriages performed under the Alternative Service Book, introduced in 1980, and under the Commons Worship book, introduced in 2006, may well be technically quite invalid, as apparently the Church of England Synod was informed yesterday, when CoE lawyer, Charles George, reportedly...
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When the wages of sin turn out to be not so bad, actually

Posted 13-Nov-2010 at 04:24 AM (04:24) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 13-Feb-2015 at 01:17 AM (01:17) by Gurdur

Oliver Sacks is a renowned neurologist and psychiatrist who has written quite a lot of books on neurology in various topics. He has a web site and blog of his own, if you ever feel like reading more. One of his books, "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat" (USA edition, British edition), contains the short true story, "Cupid's Disease", in which Sacks describes how an elderly woman presented herself at his practice, and told him she was much more alert and vivacious than usual.

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On religion and the theology of laughter

Posted 11-Nov-2010 at 04:06 PM (16:06) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 12-Nov-2010 at 02:55 AM (02:55) by Gurdur

This blog post continues on from my previous one, "Atheism and the atheology of humour", so you might like to read that one first before this one. It's easier to discuss the theology of laughter than the atheology, just because so many in history have made humour a centre-peice of their theologies. The one big example that will always come up is Umberto Eco's novel, "The Name Of The Rose" (USA edition, British edition), which on the surface is a murder thriller centering around a possible copy...
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On atheism and the atheology of laughter

Posted 11-Nov-2010 at 04:05 PM (16:05) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 11-Nov-2010 at 04:21 PM (16:21) by Gurdur

It's a bitterly cold and dark November day, and it's been a sad couple of weeks, and it's a sad day today. So what better to do than to laugh about it? There's sometimes something a little tedious about being an atheist, too often forced into being tiresomely ernest; it doesn't necessarily make for good jokes. Q: How many atheists does it take to change a lightbulb? A: There is no evidence to support that assertion that atheists change lightbulbs.

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